Just launch QuickTime Player, and there’s no telling where you’re likely to land. The Player may whisk you to the Moon or perhaps to an exotic location on this planet. Take you on a virtual field trip to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Or treat you to the latest news, movie trailers, music videos, HBO series or PBS specials. That’s because QuickTime 7 Player takes advantage of the latest video compression technology.
Actually, QuickTime sucks. I would compare its usefulness to that of the all-but-defunct RealPlayer. It’s big and clunky, and it infests your computer with shortcuts at every possible location. You better believe it will start up with your system, and stay running despite your best efforts to keep it down. The layout blows, and playback just isn’t a pretty experience (why is it so hard to go full-screen?). But it’s even more appealing to me that Apple forces you to install iTunes along with QuickTime so your collection of crappy software will be complete.
If I could have my way, I would keep every piece of shoddy Apple software off of my computer, but, alas, some morons on the web are sustaining QuickTime. Do the world a favor…use WMV, Flash, or even Shockwave…but QuickTime?